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Tier 1 Forum

July 30, 2019 - August 1, 2019

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This three-day event is designed to facilitate team learning and planning around Universal or Tier 1 implementation of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Division leadership teams and school leadership teams, inclusive of building principals, are invited to attend. This year, the Tier 1 Forum will have four concurrent “strands” to accommodate the needs of your division and schools. Division Leadership Teams should collaborate with their VTSS Systems Coaches to identify the most appropriate strand and who should attend.

Registration and materials links appear below each training description below. The deadline for registering for all four strands is Thursday, July 25. If the maximum number of attendees for a strand is reached before then, a wait list will be created and you will be updated on the availability of space.

For questions about registration, please contact us at (804-828-1482) or .

Strand 1 – New Team Training

VTSS Tier I New Team Training focuses on behavior, academics, and social emotional well-being. Research shows that starting this work with a lens on behavior allows teachers and administrators to spend less time on discipline. At this event, your team will begin building your behavior curriculum and more. It is important that all school team members attend all three days.

Tier 1 Forum materials

Register for Strand 1 – New Team Training

Strand 2 – Booster Session with Trauma Enhancement

This three-day event is designed for those school teams and division support personnel who have already attended the Tier 1 professional learning for new teams, have had experience implementing Tier 1 behavior practices, and believe that trauma sensitive schools is a priority. Using a function-based lens for implementation, participants of this workshop will recognize how a school may incorporate trauma-sensitive practices at the Tier 1 level in data-informed decision making, professional development, family and community engagement, behavioral expectations, routines and procedures as well as feedback and acknowledgement.

Tier 1 Forum materials

Register for Strand 2 – Booster Session with Trauma Enhancement

Strand 3 – Booster Session with Equity & Cultural Enhancement

This past February, Virginia’s superintendent Dr. James Lane recognized the urgent need for Virginia’s schools to become areas of discourse on equity and racism. As educators, we must examine our practices, policies, and behaviors and ask ourselves – Does this serve and support our most marginalized populations and if not, what are we going to do about it?

This three-day workshop for educators will begin delving into these difficult questions utilizing the already established VTSS framework and PBIS structures to explore equity, analyze current challenges and barriers, and action plan further steps. PBIS team members, administrators, equity coordinators, and division staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Let’s work together to build a school culture in which everyone is heard, valued, and empowered.

Tier 1 Forum materials

Register for Strand 3 – Booster Session with Equity & Cultural Enhancement

Strand 4 – Academic Training

The Academic TFI is where divisions and schools can access new information and ideas connected to quality core instruction. Expect to focus on:

  • How academic teams can use data for decision-making,
  • Ways to plan instruction and include all components of effective lessons,
  • How to deliver engaging lessons and instruction so students participate, and
  • Means of coaching around these areas to better assist in fidelity of implementation.

The Academic TFI will provide ideas for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Tier 1 Forum materials

Register for Strand 4 – Academic Training

More Details

Note: Photographs and/or videos may be taken at this event to be used in a photo gallery, either on the VTSS -RIC or VDOE websites, or in a display via social media sources. If you do not want to be included in photos or videos, please contact us at .

As a professional courtesy, if you are unable to attend please contact us as soon as possible at .


July 30
July 31
August 1
Check-in Start: 8:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Session Start: 9:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Session Ends: 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Meals Provided Lunch Continental/Networking breakfast (8:00 a.m.) & Lunch Continental breakfast (8:00 a.m.) & Lunch

Lodging Details

All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage.

Reservations: (use either method)

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian
Reservations link: Reserve here
Reservations by phone: 1-800-222-TREE (8733);
group code “VTSS Tier 1 Forum
Deadline to make reservations: Friday, July 26, 2019 
Reservations cancellation deadline: Refer to your reservation confirmation email.
Dates of room block: July 29-31
Parking: Complimentary
State Per Diem rate: $94 (plus tax)

Check-in time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 12:00 p.m.
(Please plan to check out of the hotel before then.)

NOTE: VDOE/VTSS-blocked rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity has been reached. Once the block is full, additional rooms cannot be added. All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage. The applicable state rate on the date of check-in is offered for single, double, triple or quad overnight room accommodations.

You must guarantee your reservation with your personal/school credit card.

If you find you cannot attend the event, you must cancel the lodging reservations the day prior to arrival to avoid being charged one night’s room + taxes. Rooms that are not cancelled in time on the day prior to arrival (“no shows”) will be billed to your personal/school credit card.


July 30, 2019
August 1, 2019
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(804) 828-1482